AmaZulu head coach Benni McCarthy expressed his dissatisfaction with the referee's display in the defeat to Orlando Pirates.
Usuthu suffered back-to-back losses in the DStv Premiership for the first time this season after going down 1-0 to the Buccaneers at Orlando Stadium.
McCarthy was quite vocal about the referee's performance on the day and feels standard of refereeing needs to improve.
"We got beaten by the referee not by Orlando Pirates, listen if I'm under pressure about my job you do anything, when your job is hanging by a thread," McCarthy told SuperSport after the game.
"So losing is part of football, I'm not bitter, I can take losing but when you lose in that manner, not against your opponent but the man in the middle, what is this, a joke?
"It's the first time I've seen this referee, how can the league even consider [him for] a game of this magnitude the team that wants to finish second is behind you.
"No foothold in the game, not because we didn't get the three points, three points is gone, they take the game, they take the three points and it will add to their points [tally] but in this fashion?" he went on.
"Come on, we expect the DStv Premiership to raise the standard, we're [up] there, teams are upping up their games but the officiating is diabolical and you can't say 'ah coaches always compain'.
"Today was just a joke and I wasn't going to do that because ja I know you gonna get warnings, you gonna get fines that's fine, today I don't care because my team team, now what do I have to say to my players?
"Because they didn't lose the game against the opponent, they lost to people that decide...you know you keep a clean game and you make sure you get the football that you deserve.
"That's why these teams are number two and they are number four because you want to see good football but then the man in the middle spoils the game for everyone, come on and now I must say 'ok guys we go again'," the irate McCarthy continued.
"We know what we have to do, we have two games more left, they are still four points behind us and that's not the fact of the matter. Today we missed an opportunity because we played a team that was under pressure.
"And if it wasn't for the help of the man in the middle it would have been completely a different game and that's my view and my view ain't gonna change."